October 14, 2020 | Meet & Greet

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Zoom Registration, SJRC hosted a beginning of term social hour. In addition to a chance to celebrate the new academic year and enjoy each other’s company, we welcomed new members of our community, and welcomed back others.
The SJRC annual Meet & Greet is a great chance for everyone to meet and foster emerging collaborations! Attendees were highly encouraged to bring and share their objects of study as it is a fun and helpful way to find intersecting areas of interest. Some previous objects shared have been: soil samples, a piece of the Berlin wall, bamboo, newly launched books, a stick, human blood, a human liver, and food.

Joining us for this was our 10th anniversary cohort of Science & Justice Training Program graduate fellows: Jonas Oppenheimer (Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics), and Jenny Pensky (Earth & Planetary Sciences) who will be available to discuss their project exploring the relationships between “invasive” plants, botanical gardens, and colonialism.

Also joining us were graduate and undergraduate student interns in the Pandemicene Project and Theorizing Race After Race groups who have co-created a zine, and podcast series, based on interviews with SJRC’s robust network of local and international public health experts, scholars, and practitioners. Each new episode airs Sunday evenings, 6:30 – 7 pm, on KZSC Santa Cruz.

We also welcomed new affiliates Kathleen Gutierrez (History) who broadly centers plant species and the plant sciences in modern Philippine and Southeast Asian history; and Tamara Pico (Earth and Planetary Sciences) who explores how social conventions and cultural practices affect women and underrepresented minorities in the geosciences, Tamara will teach on topics related to the geosciences, feminist science studies and the social studies of science.

We took time to celebrate the recent release of Madeleine Fairbairn’s book Fields of Gold, Financing the Global Land Rush, Lesley Green’s book Rock | Water | Life: Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonising South Africa and micha cardenas’ augmented reality game, Sin Sol (No Sun). As well as the forthcoming launches of Feminist Studies graduate Erin McElroy’s Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance that includes a chapter from our Just Biomedicine research cluster titled ‘Just Biomedicine on Third Street? Health and Wealth Inequities in SF’s Biotech Hub’; Sociology Assistant Professor Hillary Angelo’s new book, How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens; and James Doucet-Battle’s launch of Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Faculty interested in science and justice who want to learn more about SJRC, or would like to affiliate with Science & Justice are highly encouraged to be in contact with Colleen Stone or a project leader.

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